What is ADHD in teens?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in teens is a diagnosis that can frustrate parents and teachers since these students are typically very intelligent. When experiencing an ADHD child it can be more challenging for parents as they are also dealing with hyperactivity.
- Underachieving in school, skipping classes, school avoidance
- Defiant behavior and nasty attitude
- Rage, anger, rudeness – especially towards parents
- Destructive behavior, disrespectful
- Withdrawing from family functions
- Depression, anxiety, stress
- Vaping, doing drugs, drinking – self-medicating
- Breaking family rules and curfews
Parents become very upset and frustrated when their teen’s grades are dropping, the behavior is becoming belligerent (usually as ODD sets in) and the family conflict starts climbing. If you’re experiencing just a few of the above behaviors, it can feel like a warzone in your home.
In many situations when a teen is prescribed medication for their ADD/ADHD they will either stop taking it or start abusing it. This can cause more problems for your family and especially your teenager.
Seeking local therapy should always be your first avenue and possible out-patient treatment. Sometimes this is not successful, so don’t be discouraged.
This is why therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment has been very successful for ADD/ADHD/ODD teens. These choices are only after you have exhausted your local resources.
For more information on therapeutic boarding schools that specialize with oppositional defiance disorder, ADD/ADHD please contact us for a free consultation.